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An apparent electrical emergency in New York turned the night sky bright blue and the visuals are eerie

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  • The sky in New York City glowed an eerie bright blue on Thursday night, after an apparent transformer explosion at a electrical facility in Queens, New York.
  • The New York Police Department's 114th precinct said in a tweet that they are "Investigating a transformer explosion at Astoria East & North Queens Con Ed power plant."
  • Twitter users captured the blue glow from the explosion.

The sky in New York City glowed an eerie blue on Thursday night, after an apparent transformer explosion at a electricity facility in Queens.

The New York Police Department's 114th precinct said in a tweet that they are "Investigating a transformer explosion at Astoria East & North Queens Con Ed power plant."

Nobody was injured, according to a tweet from Mayor Bill De Blasio, who also said that Con Edison was "evaluating outages now." There are delays on the 7 train, though the MTA has power.

Meanwhile, travellers tweeted about a power outage at LaGuardia Airport. Electricity at the airport had been mostly restored by late night, Port Authority representative Scott Ladd told INSIDER in an email Thursday night. Ladd said flight schedules at LaGuardia may be affected by the outage.

"Arriving flights are able to land, but some departures are being held up. Travellers are urged to check with their carriers for updated information on flight status," he said.

Power company Con Edison acknowledged the incident on its Twitter account, confirming there was "a brief electrical fire at our substation in Astoria which involved some electrical transformers and caused a transmission dip in the area."

"We're currently investigating the cause of the incident," the agency said.

Minutes later, the New York Police Department Chief Terence Monahan said the incident was under control, and said no injuries were reported.

Twitter users captured the blue glow in eerie photos and videos:

But at least one video suggested the origin of the light was, indeed, terrestrial.

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